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Shadow House (The Sydney Quartet Book 4) by [Sendall, A.J.]
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She’s out to avenge her sister’s death - he’s on a path to self-destruction.


Heather Todd’s life had never been easy, but when her sister died as a result of overcut cocaine, everything changed. Now she’s determined to take down Sydney’s notorious organized crime ring, vowing to ensure her sister didn’t die in vain.

Ex MI6 operative turned world sailor, Sam Autenburg is on a bender after his partner died, also as a result of overcut cocaine. When one night things go desperately wrong for Sam, Heather comes to his rescue.
Taunting and goading him, she eventually convinces him to take on her cause and infiltrate the organized crime syndicate responsible for her sister’s, and his partner’s, deaths. Going after the brutal gang will be no easy feat, and in order to stop them, Sam and Heather must put their own lives on the line.

Together in loss and driven by revenge, Sam and Heather hunt for justice, and in doing so, begin their own path to redemption.

Can they find the evidence they need without getting caught?
Are they strong enough to take on this fight without losing themselves in the process?


Find out in this action-packed thriller, filled with daring adventure and high-risk operations!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2645 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Next Chapter Press; 2 edition (21 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MY5W2DM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #510,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sendall has developed and executed this story brilliantly, with style and surprise. From the intriguing prologue to the gripping final pages it's a story that's clever, captivating and at times heartbreaking. The narrative is exciting and suspenseful, even when nothing much is happening plot wise, meaning you are never sure what is going to happen, and while you often cannot condone what these characters do, they draw you in and intrigue you all the same.

The characters are certainly interesting, and they're presented in a way that shows just how complex they are which makes them real, meaning even the bad guys got a lot of compassion and sympathy from me as I read. With characters so complicated makes for a great mixture of people working and clashing with one another and adds another level to the story.

The story is told via multiple points of view, from both sides, which provides depth and meaning to the story. With Heather and Sam it allows a chance to sense their apprehension and thoughts about their plans, but with the added points of view of Reed and his men it adds extra intrigue to the story, certainly more insight, and a feeling of completeness to the entire story.

The time frame is realistic, taking place across multiple months, though it doesn't read as slow nor does it drag out and it demonstrates the gradual build up and infiltration Heather and Sam are trying to achieve. While it is possible to see Sam and Heather's plan as unbelievable and unachievable since they are seemingly just regular people, it still works. Heather was already connected to the Reeds in a small but real way and Sam has the skill set to get himself inside convincingly and realistically.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Review Heather 2 August 2015
By Denise Shell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed Heather by Alan Sendal. It was fast moving well researched and really gripping. The odd typo did not however diminish the overall experience for me. Quite a way from my usual style of a read but it was really great. Didn't want to put it down!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine action/thriller 5 April 2017
By Teresa Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Shadow House is a page-turning thrill ride. The characters are fully fleshed and relatable to some extent. (I can't say I've ever been involved with the underworld in Australia, so not fully relatable.) Good action with a nice mix of romance without hardcore sex portrayed. I could have done without the f-word every other sentence, but I suppose that's the nature of the beast. The ending was a little bit of a disappointment as far as the main characters' involvement. It felt slightly anti-climatic, but overall a winner.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Characters are well-portrayed and relate-able to many; story has a near-perfect balance of dialogue and narrative description. 11 September 2014
By Mik Hetu, Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Overall, this is a pretty good read!
The main characters - Sam and Heather - are effectively portrayed as people who have been for the most part in control of their lives and then find themselves in unfamiliar territory. That makes them a lot like you and me, every new decade of our lives. They're relate-able to many of us even though their current circumstances (hopefully!) are not.
Also, the story moves along at a good pace, with a near-perfect balance of dialogue and narrative description.
Overall, this is a pretty good read!
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Jack Reacher 16 May 2015
By Reader's Hollow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
REVIEWED by Danika Jayde of The Reader's Hollow blog:

This was an interesting read for me, though at times I found there was an almost staccato flow that made the reading at times a bit broken. There were paragraph breaks when changing the view to know that it was from a different character viewpoint which was great, but then other times there were breaks simply to show a short space in time had passed. Because of this there were spaces in paragraphs where I personally thought were a break for a change of scene or view, but in actuality only a short space in time. It was because of these multiple reasons behind these breaks that made things to me seem a bit choppy. In my mind the story would have flowed better with a simple sentence to connect the two that were time change and not view change. That being said I did enjoy the idea and story.

I enjoyed the mystery behind the character of Sam in the beginning, and the candidness of Heather, as well I think that the development of the characters in general was well done. The fact that I had a personal dislike for McCutchen early on simply by description I believe was a great job and the back story to Loretto Reed to help build his persona was a marvelous decision. There is but one thing that I wish would have been added, and that is near the ending when Divinski is again playing a part in the story it was so long since I had read his name that I had forgotten he was an associate of Sam’s in the beginning; my thought is that maybe a link to remind readers of that relationship between the pair in some way would have been helpful since there are quite a few different characters.

Now as for story while I did enjoy it I think that it would have gotten a higher rating from me if there had been more parts that were of Sam, or even Heather, doing infiltration or descriptions of actual jobs. What it seemed like to me is that most of the time the story was of just Sam hanging out in strip clubs and sleeping with strippers to get information or to get closer to the goal. It did make sense to get him into the world in the first place and to keep up the façade, but to have more situations like the one with the shootout along with that would have kept my interest more and kept me more invested in the story. It just made the book stay at a moderate level instead of taking me on a ride of climatic outcomes and anticipation. I did however greatly enjoy the ending and how things played out, especially with Mitchell (I’ll keep that limited as to not create a spoiler).

So all in all, I did enjoy the book. In my opinion if you enjoy the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, give this one a try.
5.0 out of 5 stars A smooth sail from the vicious Sydney underworld to the balmy Caribbean... 28 July 2015
By Poppy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have just finished reading this novel and am still having moments when I think I am still sailing the Caribbean with Heather and Sam! Both these main characters are very well drawn, and invite you to share their declaration of war against the Sydney underworld. This is not my usual genre , but once I had entered into Sydney's steamy gangster ridden world I was hooked, and had to follow. All the characters are believable, but there are so many really horrific personalities on show here, I wished that just once or twice we could have met someone who was at least normal, if not actually kind! That is the only slight reservation I have about this book, and I loved the way that Heather and Sam gradually shed their previous personas to develop into the kind of people they really always were, wanting to lead the life which is possible if you really go for it.

The story line was believable and quite exciting, and the way Sam managed to achieve his objectives without the usual violence and bloodletting was very well imagined and written, as were the passages which described the development of Sam and Heather's relationship. I shall look forward to reading more by A.J.Sendall